Expedition and Mountain

Our Expedition and Mountain Survival Courses in Scotland are designed to give attendees an insight into the planning and preparation stages, along with the safe and successful execution of an expedition both at home and abroad. From weather forecasting, navigation and safe route choice, equipment and clothing to specialist equipment and communications use.

You can book your Expedition Course now with our online booking system, please check course dates for availability. Once you have booked your course you will receive an email confirming the course and payment details. Remember to download the available resources for your course and bring them with you when you start.

We have a range of courses to suit everyone, for more information on our Expedition and Mountain Survival Courses in Scotland please do contact us. We look forward to welcoming you in the 2017 season.

To make sure you choose the right course we have introduced a difficulty rating based on the physical and mental challenges on our courses. This is explained below.

“Courses with this rating are suitable for all. There is a small amount of physical hardship with a small amount of walking.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for all. There is a reasonable amount of walking and some forms of physical output.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 16+. There is a significant amount of physical output, perhaps over a number of days. Time may be spent overnight in poor weather with minimum equipment. A certain amount of mental robustness is needed to complete.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is significant physical output sometimes over multi-day, and often in Hostile habitats i.e high mountains etc. Equipment/food may be stripped back (if woodland based) or large rucksacks carried (if mountain based). Temperatures may be sub-zero or excessively high. A good level of mental robustness is needed. Special attention should be given to the kit lists available.”

“Courses with this rating are suitable for 18+. There is sustained physical output over multi-days, potentially carrying up to 40lbs, often in high/mountain terrain. Long “hill days” may be necessary, for this reason a good level of fitness is needed. Weather and temperatures are likely to be sub-zero or excessively high. Special attention should be given to kit lists available.”



Navigation Day £80.00

The Overview for the Navigation Day includes the following:

Our navigational days are aimed at those who want to learn to navigate confidently and effectively on the mountains. The majority of wilderness emergency’s in Britain are due to poor navigation and bad route choice, this course aims to address these points. This 1 day course is suitable for all whether your completely inexperienced or an aspiring Mountain Leader. Being based in Aviemore, Backcountry has quick access to the Cairngorms which contains some of the highest mountains in Britain, and we will get you to the top of one of them, there’s no better place to hone your map and compass work.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Navigation Day includes the following:

• Equipment/clothing talk and rucksack packing demo
• Weather check and interpretation and route planning.
• Navigational equipment coaching, map and compass, GPS
• Timing and pacing
• Bearings
• Security on steep ground

Date Time Spaces Price Book
29 March 2018 09:00 - 17:00 5 £80 Book Now
6 May 2018 09:30 - 17:00 6 £80 Book Now

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Three Day Expedition Skills £360.00

The Overview for the Three Day Expedition Skills includes the following:


This course is designed to equip attendees with the skills and knowledge to be able to carry out their own multi-day trips in mountainous regions. The secondary aim is to climb 4 of the 9 4000 foot mountains, and ascend 5 of the 6 highest mountains in Britain.



The course is run in the Cairngorms National Park, in the highlands of Scotland. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in Europe and is home to 5 of the 6 highest mountains in Britain. The Cairngorms is the highest, coldest and snowiest plateau in the British Isles, closely mimicking an Arctic tundra.


Skills Covered

Weather forecasting and interpretation
Equipment and kit needed for multi-day trips in the mountains
Packing for an expedition
Safe Route choice and planning
Navigational skills, map and compass as well as GPS
Tent choice and wild camping
Stove training
Expedition food and nutrition/water safety



Due to the number of mountains climbed (7), over all distance, weight carried and height gain, individuals must have a good level of fitness. If you have any questions regarding fitness levels please contact us before booking on this course.

Difficulty Rating

The Itinerary for the Three Day Expedition Skills includes the following:


Itinerary will vary according to weather conditions and group ability. The following is a rough outline.

Day 1

• Meet and greet
• Weather forecasting, different resources to be used. Introduction to Synoptic charts.
• Kit check and equipment talk
• How to pack a bag for an expedition in the Mountains
• Depart from Cairngorm Mountain Car Park and Ascend Cairngorm (1245m)
• Wild camp on the Plateau

Day 2

• Ascend Ben Macdhui (1309 metres and Britains second highest peak)
• Ascend Carn a mhaim
• Wild camp in the Lairig Ghru

Day 3

• Ascend Devils peak, Cairn Toul, Angels Peak and Braeriach.
• End Ex

Date Time Spaces Price Book
24 August 2018 09:00 - 17:00 12 £310 Book Now

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Borneo Trip 2018 £1500.00

The Overview for the Borneo Trip 2018 includes the following:

Due to the demanding nature of this course we do not take online bookings and would prefer any enquiries to be directed straight to us for discussion and assessment of ability.

Our flagship course for 2018. Borneo is the 3rd largest Island on the Planet and is home to many endemic species of Flora and fauna including the Bornean Orungutan, East Sumatran Rhinoceros and the Bornean clouded leopard to name but a few. It is also home to the feared Dayak people or “head hunters”.

The weather experienced in February at the North of the Island can range from a cool evening temperature of 22ºC to a sweltering 28 – 34 ºC during the day, with humidity reaching upwards of 90%.

This course is designed to give participants a survival grounding in a Jungle environment, with the majority of time being spent within the Rainforest under the watchful eye of Survival Instructors (SIA) as well as training from local guides. As with all BCS courses the Borneo expedition is designed to be multi-environment and will take place in Primary jungle as well as in Mountainous regions.

The last two days of the Course will retrace the final two days of the Sandakan – Ranau death march. This was a forced march over a distance of 250 kilometers from the POW camp at Sandakan to the small village of Ranau and was carried out by around 1000 Allied soldiers captured after the fall of Singapore (some 1787 Australian and 641 British soldiers were interned at Sandakan). Out of a total of 2434 POW only 6 Australians managed to escape.

Due to the climate and strenuousness of this course participants must be in good physical condition to make the most of their time with us.

Difficulty Rating



The deposit for this course is £400, please do not make any flight/travel plans until you have confirmation from us that your place is secured. 

The Itinerary for the Borneo Trip 2018 includes the following:


Day 1

Flight into Sabah (not included in price)

Meet and Greet

Depart for Jungle base camp

Day 2, 3 and 4

Basics of Jungle training and Survival (Primary Jungle)

Jungle clothing systems and material choice

Jungle survival equipment and safe tool training

Protection within a jungle environment – Shelter and Fire. Hammocks, survival shelters. Jungle specific tinder and fuel sourcing. Jungle specific ignition sourcing including friction fire.

Acquisition of water within a tropical environment – Safe water sourcing, improvised/off the shelf filtration systems, water purification (chemical and pasturisation)

Acquisition of food within a tropical environment – Plant/Tree I.D. Jungle specific traps and triggers.

Day 5

Rest and recuperation

Day 6 & 7

Mountainous training – Including summit.

Day 1

Navigation and safe travel techniques

Overnight camp

Day 2

Summit day and descent.

Day 8

Rest and recuperation

Day 9 & 10

Final two days of Sandakan – Ranau death march.

Return to Sabah for flights.

Course Cost : £1500
• includes transport and pick-up/drop-off.
• Instruction and specialist equipment
• Food for duration

Vaccinations: For advice visit your Doctor


No Course Dates

Please contact us for more Information on availability.

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